Updated: Sep 16, 2020
By Adrian Molina
In 2001 I knew I had to change my life. I felt it at a visceral level. I packed a suitcase and left my country. The consequences of that decision changed not only my history but also that of my family. I didn’t see them for more than five years. It was challenging, but it needed to happen as if I were following instructions.
In 2004 I knew I needed to take a yoga teacher training. I wasn’t sure why. I didn’t even want to be around people let alone teach them. But I understood that there was no sense in fighting the strong message and that it wouldn’t go away. It wasn’t easy. But where there is a will, there is a way. A friend helped me with the deposit, and I did the training.
In 2019 I knew The Warrior Flow Foundation needed to happen. I knew the work I’d been doing over the past fifteen years was coming to a close, or rather, a rebirth. I knew the good old days of teaching yoga as a full-time job for gyms or yoga studios were gone. So, one morning in November, I filed for our nonprofit.
As someone who always tries to be in control—organizing, overseeing, preparing, planning, micromanaging—I have to acknowledge that sometimes you just need to follow your gut, your intuition, your heart. You don’t look back. You move forward and trust that there is always guidance.
The Warrior Flow Foundation has had a positive impact on hundreds of moms and kids at shelters, doctors, first responders, mental-health counselors, kids at schools, and more.
As we rethink the world and align our programs with the community, we face the usual challenges of not having sufficient funds. The need is great. The struggle of running a nonprofit is as real as everyone says it is. But I wouldn’t change this experience for anything in the world.
Nothing easy comes out of comfort, and in the challenge I feel we find more answers.
Over the last few days I’ve been thinking about how to fund two much-needed programs at local shelters. This morning I sent a newsletter to thousands of our community members asking for help.
Within several hours, three donors came forward to fund these programs in their entirety.
Needless to say, all of us at the Foundation are overjoyed.
Not everything in life has to go smoothly. You can’t plan every second. You don’t always have the solution to all your problems. Sometimes all you get is a vague hint. An itch. A whisper. You know you need to make a decision, a commitment, because you know that deep down you have what it takes.
Sometimes you just need to have a clear intention and trust that the universe will provide you with everything you need to make a difference—if you just listen.
We also need to remind ourselves that there are angels walking around out there, waiting for you to ask for help, waiting for you to do something great.
Adrian Molina has been teaching yoga continuously since 2004. He is a well-known and respected instructor in Miami and New York, with an extensive worldwide following through his platform and school of yoga, Warrior Flow. Adrian is a writer, massage therapist, Reiki healer, meditation teacher, sound therapist, end-of-life doula, Mental Health First Aid facilitator, and a Kriya yoga practitioner in the lineage of Paramahansa Yogananda. Adrian is recognized for the community building work he does in Miami and New York as founder and executive director of The Warrior Flow Foundation, which brings the benefits of therapeutic and accessible yoga, mindfulness, and stress reduction tools to schools, shelters, hospitals, first responders, and hospice care.
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